September 15, 2015
HAVANA (CNS) — Pope Francis’ visit to Cuba starting this weekend “will confirm the good state of relations” between the Holy See and the Cuban government, officials wrote in an editorial in the state-run Granma newspaper.
“He will notice our patriotism and the arduous and fruitful force of our nation to exalt the human person, justice and culture; for a better world that is not just possible but essential,” the editorial said.
Pope Francis will visit three cities from Sept. 19-22, celebrating Mass in the capital, Havana, and the eastern city Holguin before a visit to Santiago de Cuba. From there, he will visit the Minor Basilica of the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre. In Santiago de Cuba, he will celebrate Mass, then travel to the United States.